Mick’s Memo—Thirst Quenching in 2020
I was greatly disappointed to be under the weather Sunday when Cooper Young delivered such an inspiring message, and my wife, daughter and granddaughters sang for us. Given my condition, you can be glad I wasn’t there!
I have learned a lesson during this sickness, though. Even with saline nasal flushes, I was reacquainted with the feeling of a truly parched throat. Despite waking frequently and drinking to lubricate it, my throat was dry enough to make me think of being in the desert with limited water. As God’s prophet, Jeremiah said, thirst is a great metaphor for our relationship with God.
Be appalled at this, you heavens,
and shudder with great horror,”
declares the Lord.
13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:12-13 (NIV)
God was indicting his people in the land of Judah for their source of significance in life. Rather than linking themselves to God and His life-sustaining presence; they were pursuing empty promises of idolatry, self-gratification and exploitation of others. The metaphor tells us that ultimately the alternatives are like broken cisterns. We expect them to quench our thirst because we are storing our hopes in them. We eventually find that what we have stored there has seeped away and our throats will remain parched. Jeremiah’s exhortation tells them to return to the “living” or flowing waters of God’s infinite resources for experiencing all He designed for us.
How are you quenching your thirst? What will you pursue in 2020 to fill your deepest needs? I recommend we follow the example of the sinful, lonely woman at the well in Samaria…
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:13-15 (NIV)
At the end of her conversation with Jesus she believed He was the Messiah and brought that message to her village where she had previously been an outcast. Her thirst was quenched by the ultimate thirst quencher. How about you?
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend as we launch 2020 and a new series on how we can best communicate with one another.
God’s blessings on you and yours as you begin the new year,